Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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buildings grows, so should green development in general. "The trends uncovered in this report reflect what we're seeing in our business," says Chris Nelson, president, commercial HVAC for Carrier, premier sponsor of the study. "Building green is good for the public health, the environment, and the bottom line." Also just released, the 2018 International Green Construction Code by the USGBC, International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society has sustainable approaches that can be incorporated into building codes everywhere to improve communities' standards of living. "Our hope is that building professionals and policymakers alike adopt better, greener building strategies that help them better implement LEED and achieve higher performance in sustainability," states Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. Harnessing Technology The Dodge Data and Analytics' report also delved into the aspects that technology experts "believe will be most influential in the near future," of development. Attaining net zero or near zero energy performance was one of these, as was distributed energy production through the use of renewables. Designing cities to be "smart" through the use of sensors "integrated into the urban fabric" that collect data, which can then be analyzed and acted upon, was cited as a way to make better, more livable communities. Above: This is an example of "coving," presented by Rick Harrison Site Design, an international landscape design firm located in Minnesota. Elements include: no lot lines radial, or perpendicular to street right-of-ways; home setbacks, streets and sidewalks forming non- parallel, curvilinear patterns; the lines of homes and streets curving and varying at complimentary intervals, amounting in the reduction of total street surface by about 25% without density loss; generally larger setbacks, front, side and rear, than the regulation minimums. 56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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